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‘Cool’ drops come in an eye-catching, clear bottle

Launched just in time for allergy season is Rohto’s Cooling Eye Drops which is available to consumers without the need of a prescription delivering maximum strength redness relief. The fastest growing redness reliever brand popular among Millennials* is packaged in an innovative clear bottle with a unique cooling formula.
Our sister publication, Packaging Digest, reached out to the team at Rohto to find out more information on this announcement.

FDA Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Non-Expired Sterile Drugs from Unique Pharmaceuticals


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and consumers of a voluntary recall of all non-expired drug products produced for sterile use by Unique Pharmaceuticals Ltd., of Temple, Texas.

The recalled products include lot 86513, N-Acetyl Cysteine 20%, and all other non-expired, purportedly sterile drug products.

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Receives FDA Acceptance of IND for AVP-786 for the Adjunctive Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder

Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Aliso Viejo, CA, announced July 21 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted the company's Investigational New Drug (IND) application for a Phase II study assessing the safety and efficacy of AVP-786, Avanir's next generation compound. The company plans to initiate this study evaluating AVP-786 for the adjunctive treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) during the third calendar quarter of 2014.


Boston Scientific's New Tear Tab Transforms User Experience

For years, Boston Scientific Corp. (BSC) has employed closure strips on its shelf cartons, allowing the medical device manufacturer and other stakeholders to identify which items could be restocked for later reuse. (Restocking is a common occurrence in the industry, often the result of customer over-ordering.)

Medical Plastics Material Expands Elongation of Pouches

Pouches are a standard packaging format in the healthcare industry, but some pouches are easy to break or puncture, which can result in significant risk for patients. Dennis Siepmann, Business Development Manager at Actega, says that using a film made with ProvaMed, a product portfolio from Actega, can significantly increase pouch strength and elongation.

IV Solutions Recalled after Particulates Found

FDA reports that Baxter International Inc. is voluntarily recalling four lots of intravenous (IV) solutions after particulate matter was found and identified as cellulosic fibers and/or plastics. Baxter received four complaints over a period of six months from customers whose visual inspection identified the appearance of visible particulate matter prior to administration to a patient, it was reported on FDA's Web site.

ASTM International Approves New Committee, Packagers Encouraged to Participate

Packaging professionals have another reason to get involved in ASTM International. In June, the ASTM board of directors approved the formation of a new committee, E62 on Industrial Biotechnology, formed by professionals from the medical and pharmaceutical industries as well as from agriculture and others. E62 will be charged with developing test methods, practices, and terminology standards pertaining to several aspects of industrial biotechnology, including packaging.

Inventive examples of smarter compliance packaging

July 3 was a banner day for smarter pharmaceutical and medical packaging when two patents were published that leverage technology to improve patient compliance and consumer safety. One was for a Smart Label container and the other for an RFID-enabled prescription bottle.



The Right Place supports creation of 45 medical device jobs in West Michigan

Regional economic development organization The Right Place, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, along with its local and state partners, announced July 16 a new West Michigan economic development project that will bring 45 new jobs and nearly $3.39 million to the region.



Pharma Contract Packager Reed-Lane Adds Capacity to Run More than 100 Million Bottles a Year

Contract packager Reed-Lane has increased its warehouse space by 30% at its existing 132,000-sq-ft facility in Wayne, NJ. The warehouse expansion will support an increase in overall production, expected thanks to a new bottling line.

The company can now handle more than 100 million bottles annually, it reports in a press release.

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